Diane Elayne Dees



Crack of brown pelican eggs
Smash of chicks under oily boots
Crush of tern nests beneath giant tires
Sounds of BP cleanup

Splash of Corexit into the Gulf
Whoosh of oil spouting from dolphins
Rustle of marsh grass as dying birds flee
Sounds of BP cleanup

Curses of workers still waiting for pay
Gasps of crew members with no respirators
Unheard cries of widows and children
Sounds of BP cleanup

Diane Elayne Dees lives in Louisiana. Her poems of protest have appeared in Out of Line, HazMat Review, Mobius, The New Verse News, Poetry SuperHighway, and several other publications.

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